Prince vs Twitter Vine: Musician Issues Copyright Complaint
First Youtube, then iTunes and the internet as a whole, now Prince is against Twitter Vines, claiming that the six-second moving image clips violate copyright.
Vine, a new mobile app that allows you to capture life from your mobile device in short looping videos, has seen a surge in popularity by regular users, musicians, and brands alike, including General Electric, Tropicana, Urban Outfitters, etc.
But it seems the pop legend can’t find enough ways to kill opportunities for fans to connect with him. His label, NPG Records, sent a Music DMCA Copyright Complaint to Twitter in late March:
We hereby request that you immediately remove our content 8 video clips from the vine.co platform, as accessible via the above links, as well as all other occurrences on the vine.co platform.
Twitter seems to have complied as the clips are no longer available… something about this wreaks of deja vu.
In 2007, Prince attempted to “reclaim the internet” with lawsuits against YouTube, eBay, and Pirate Bay. Then in 2010, Prince claimed that the “internet is over” and banned iTunes from selling his music, stating:
“The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.
“The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good.
“They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
However as of 2011, most of Prince’s music and videos can be found on both iTunes and Youtube.
So give him some time to warm up to Vines and maybe in a year or two, he’ll be using them to promote a new album.